Thursday, August 26, 2010

how you influence your own tarot reading

I’ve been reading tarot cards, on and off, since I was 21 (so 12 years at the time of writing) and the longer I work with the tarot, the more and more I am amazed by how our own attitudes really are reflected in the cards each time we read.

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert at the tarot. I dabble. I still use my books to help me out. I go through phases when I read cards a lot, and then not at all. So, like I said, I’m not expert!

As I mentioned before, I don’t think our fates are set in stone, and this is something that informs the way that I read the tarot cards. See, I think that when you read the cards you get a snapshot of where you are now. Today, when I ask a question, I get an answer that reflects my emotional outlook as it stands today. However, were I to ask the same question tomorrow, after some sleep, feeling calmer, my reading might be very different because my outlook on the question has changed.

What I find all the more interesting then, are the times when the cards/reading essentially stay the same. For whatever reason, be it because of a "fate" like scenario or the fact that the attitude towards the question remains the same, I find it fascinating to see how much things can change or stay the same based on our state of mind/attitude/decisions.

When I read for others I always stress the point that what I am reading is a snapshot, a glimpse into a possible future based on who they are, what decisions they've made, how they feel, their reactions and responses, and their world around them, right now. And that it can change, because ultimately nothing is set in stone. They control their own destinies.

Monday, August 23, 2010

questions about shared consciousness

If the world is an illusion and we in fact share consciousness, how can we differ so greatly? Oh sure, I get that we're different facets of the same whole, but why are we so fundamently opposed to one another? Why are we so busy vying for our own piece of the cake, screaming over one another to be heard, when in the end, we are all one?

I know, the question seems really simplistic, but aren't all the biggest questions really quite simple in nature, yet incredibly complex to answer?

Perhaps we compete for the loudest voice because we are caught up in the illusion and can't see the forest for the trees? (Could I venture into anymore idioms?) But in the end, we're only fighting ourselves. I mean, even though I would scream from the highest tree, announcing my belief that we must accept others freely for who they are, I am the first to admit that I am completely intolerant of people who are intolerant (I suppose that makes me a hypocrite).  And I would be the first to argue that I could never possibly share consciousness with someone who is against gay marriage or abortion or sex education, perhaps this is just my part of clinging to the illusion of the material world. But it's a heavy concept for me to wrap my head around because it flies in the face of the things I hold dear.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

finding a modern pagan path, for modern living

There’s a lot of negative discussion surrounding the idea of eclectic traditions that take a little bit from here and there and create a path out of various elements. While I can understand some of the intellectual debate that crops up around this issue, particularly from revivalist traditions that are trying to follow the old cultural paths (Druidism, for example).

But here’s the thing…. my 21st century self doesn’t really fit into the world view of Druidism or traditional pagan living any more than it fits into a big religion world view, so an eclectic rebuilding/combination of elements strikes me as more suited the reality that I live in.

While I know that this isn’t something that some will agree with, for me, it is a sort of no brainer. Particularly as a woman, I often find it challenging to accept older philosophies without question. I may find merit in many elements, but there is always something that seems stagnant and locked in the act of accepting an older tradition without some sort of revitalisation/rethinking of how it applies to modern life.